Russia has addressed Interpol with a query if a former Kremlin staff employee, Oleg Smolenkov, was in the territory of the United States following media rumors he is a CIA agent, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told the media on Thursday.
Several years ago Smolenkov and his family went missing in a foreign country, TASS reports.
"Two years later the US media launch speculations he is in the US territory. Naturally, such things need verification in accordance with the corresponding procedures and rules," Zakharova said. "In this connection Interpol was asked questions concerning the disappearance of a foreign citizen and his rumored presence in the territory of the United States.
Stance on US issuing warrant to arrest Russian citizen in Italy
Russia is considering the arrest of Russian citizen Alexander Korshunov, the JSC United Engine Corporation director of business development, carried out in Italy on the international warrant issued by the United States as a planned provocation, Maria Zakharova stated on Thursday.
"We believe that the US staged a planned provocation by issuing an international warrant to arrest Russian citizen Alexander Korshunov," she noted.